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January 11, 2017

EHV-1 Case Diagnosed At Second Los Angeles County Facility

On Jan. 10, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said there were no additional cases of equine herpesvirus-1 at the LAEC. The facility still has one horse under quarantine isolation awaiting negative testing.

December 9, 2016

Riders React To Removal Of Final Four From WEG Show Jumping

The big news to come out of the Fédération Equestre Internationale General Assembly, held Nov. 19-22 in Tokyo, was the move to three-man teams at the Olympic Games, but another major change that affects show jumping in the World Equestrian Games flew a bit under the radar. 

November 22, 2016

Valerie Ashker Promotes OTTBs With Cross-Country Ride

A group of people stood waiting alongside the track rail at the Middleburg Training Center on Nov. 19—eyes fixed on the entrance. As two horses and riders donned in reflective gear trotted into view on the driveway, a cheer erupted and kept a steady rumble as the riders approached, high-fiving one another as their 3,000 mile journey across the United States came to an end.

Valerie Ashker and her partner Peter Friedman started their journey in Georgetown, Calif., on May 9 on the backs of two off-the-track Thoroughbreds, Solar Express and Primitivo.

November 22, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Torrey Wilkinson Made Her Way Up The Levels With A Homebred

Back when Torrey Wilkinson was a sophomore in college she became captivated with the Andalusian. She’d signed up to study abroad in Spain and was introduced to the breed, then later went to Ecuador for seven months and had the opportunity to ride a few which solidified her resolve.

“I actually loved the breed and their mind and how adept they were for dressage, and I sort of fell in love with them,” said Wilkinson.

So she went to her mother Debby Messick, who has a small Hanoverian breeding business, hoping she’d get her dream horse.

November 11, 2016

FEI Opens Case Against Kevin Thornton

Fédération Equestre Internationale officials announced Nov. 10 that they have opened a case against Irish show jumper Kevin Thornton for alleged abuse of the horse Flogas Sunset Cruise, who died on Oct. 10 during the GPA Jump Festival CSI** in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse (ARD VDL Douglas—PH Cruise Hill, Cruising), owned by the rider and Vinnie Duffy, dropped dead after Thornton exercised him on the track.

November 9, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Holly Breaux Is Seeing Spots

Holly Breaux has never been one to take it easy. Perhaps her approach to a meters-per-minute clinic best mimics her full-speed approach to life.

“My trainer at the time was like, ‘OK canter around at novice speed [with no watches,] and we’ll see how close you get.’ We take about five strides, and then we just gallop. We gallop the whole way and came back and she said, ‘That’s not novice speed,’ and I’m like, ‘I know,’ ” Breaux recounts, self-satisfaction creeping into her tone.

November 8, 2016

Updated: EHV-1 Confirmed At Los Angeles Equestrian Center

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif., was placed under quarantine Nov. 3 after a horse displaying neurologic symptoms was confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus-1.

November 8, 2016

Olympic Gold Medalist Nino Des Buissonnets Retiring

Swiss Olympic show jumper Steve Guerdat announced via his website on Nov. 8 that his 2012 London Olympic Games gold medal partner Nino Des Buissonnets will retire at the CHI Geneva (Switzerland) on Dec. 11 following his last round there.

November 1, 2016

World Equestrian Center To Build Large Show Facility In Ocala

The World Equestrian Center and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club are partnering to develop the World Equestrian Center South in Ocala, Fla. They recently acquired 1,000 additional acres adjacent to the 1,200-acre Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club property, which is where the new facility will be built.

The plans for the property include 17 rings with footing and an additional grass ring. The goal is to break ground in November. 

October 26, 2016

World Cup Winner Albfuehren’s Paille Retires

Swiss Olympic show jumper Steve Guerdat announced via his website on Oct. 26 that his winning partner from the 2015 Longines FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final (Nev.), Albfuehren’s Paille, will be retiring to Hofgut Albführen in Germany. She will enter their breeding program.

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